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Fewer in-patient stays and more day treatment in general hospitals
The number of hospital stays has been increasing in the last 10 years, but there was a drop in stays in 2007 and again in 2009. The figures show a reduction from 2008 to 2009 of about 10 000 stays. The average length of an in-patient stay in 2000 was 6.0 days. In 2009 the average stay was 4.6 days. The scope of day treatments is increasing. There were approximately 25 000 more day treatments in 2009 compared to the number in 2008. Private commercial hospitals have had the largest drop in in-patient stays in 2009; a decrease of 18 per cent compared to the previous year. The number of day treatments in the same hospitals increased by almost 30 per cent in the same period.
There has been little change in the distribution of main diagnoses as the cause for admission to hospital compared to last year (2008). However, there is a small decrease in stays due to the treatment of eye diseases. The number of in-patient hospital stays due to eye diseases fell from 6 800 to 4 900 stays. More cases were treated as day treatment.
All in all, 4.2 million out-patient consultations were registered in publicly-financed general hospitals in Norway in 2009. Due to a change in the practice of registration in the Norwegian Patient Register, this figure is not comparable with figures for consultations that are published in the official statistics for earlier years.
About the statistical material
The patient statistics from Statistics Norway are based on data from the Norwegian Patient Register (NPR), Norwegian Directorate of Health. The population for the patient statistics in Statistics Norway covers the activity in general hospitals according to the definition in the Register of Business Enterprises. This definition deviates somewhat from the population that NPR uses in their statistics, which covers institutions with activity-based financing.
A main diagnosis is given to a condition that is the primary reason for an examination or treatment given in hospital. If a patient has more than one condition, the most resource-demanding diagnosis is registered. The patient statistics are based on the international classification of diseases ICD-10.
Patients treated in Norway, but living abroad, are included in the patient statistics. Patients without a valid municipality number are also included in the statistics. However, this group is not included in tables with figures for diagnoses. These tables show distributions of causes for treatments in hospitals for the population living in Norway. There were 4 525 hospital stays and 525 day treatments of people living abroad or persons without a valid municipality number in Norwegian hospitals in 2009.
In contrast to earlier years the statistics for 2009 also cover healthy new-borns. This gives an increase of 47 496 hospital stays and 11 day treatments in the figures for 2009 compared with figures published for earlier years.
Statistics on accounts, hospital beds and personnel in general hospitals will be published by Statistics Norway together with figures for specialist health services on 18 June 2010.
Change in the statistical unit
A change in the health register law in 2008 paved the way for making the Norwegian Patient Register personal identity number based. Consequently, it will be possible to produce statistics with the person as a unit in the statistics in addition to hospital stays. The figures for stays and treatments will be related to persons via their personal identity number. The statistical basis is, however, still in a development phase and data quality issues have to be considered. The data coverage is still not considered sufficient to publish figures for 2009. Preliminary figures from the Norwegian Patient register (16 April 2010) show the following coverage for different stays or consultations in general hospitals based on the personal identity number of patients for 2008 and 2009 respectively:
Type of stay/consultation 2008 2009
In-patient stay 93.4 87.2
Day treatment 96.8 88.6
Out-patient consultation 97.7 92.2
Total 96.9 91.1
Source: Directorate of Health, Norwegian Patient Register.
Data from general hospitals is continuously being reported to the Norwegian Patient Register. Statistics Norway will publish patient statistics based on the person as a unit when the data for 2009 is more complete and the coverage reaches the 2008 level, i.e. later in 2010.
- Table 1 In-patient stays at general hospitals, by age and main diagnosis. 2009
- Table 2 In-patient stays at general hospitals, by sex and main diagnosis. 2009
- Table 3 In-patient stays by age, sex, region and county of residence. Includes foreign/unspecified residends. 2009
- Table 4 In-patient stays and number of bed-days, by sex and age. 2007-2009
- Table 5 In-patient stays , bed-days and bed-days per stay, by sex. 1989-2009
- Table 6 In-patient stays and bed-days per 1 000 inhabitants, by sex and age. 2007-2009
- Table 7 In-patient stays, by Regional Health Authority and patients region of residence. 2009
- Table 8 Number of day cases at general hospitals, by sex and county of residence. 2009
- Table 9 Number of day cases per 1 000 inhabitants, by sex and county of residence. 2009
- Table 10 Number of day cases, by Health Region Authotity and patients region of residence. 2009
- Table 11 Out-patient consultations at public hospitals, by sex and diagnosis. 2009
- Table 12 Out-patient consultations at public general hospitals, by age, sex and diagnosis. 2009
- Table 13 Day cases at general hospitals, by main diagnosis. 2009